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COVID Reopening Plans for 2021-2022

It’s almost time for school to resume!  As we open for another year, SVA will stay true to the commitment to providing an engaging, in-person student experience.  We will also continue to follow practices to reduce risk and safeguard the health of our students, faculty, and staff.  We anticipate the partnership of students, parents, and family physicians as we implement reasonable measures.  We plan to stay in close communication with the leadership at the Lord Fairfax Health District and continue to consult Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines as we prepare for a successful 2021-2022 year.  

The prevention strategies SVA implemented were largely successful during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Leaders of our health district strongly endorsed our approach and lauded the results through the year.  For these reasons, we will continue many of the measures.  Of course, unknowns remain and updates to these plans may be necessary.  Our website will be kept current with the most up-to-date information regarding our policy.     

Our reopening plans include the following key components:

Education

  • Stress the importance of spiritual, mental, and physical health.
  • Promote strong immune systems through health education and a healthy diet.
  • Provide opportunities for a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and positive social interaction.
  • Instruct students as to the symptoms of COVID-19, the importance of reporting any illness, and the importance of staying home (or in their dorm room) when sick.
  • Educate staff and students about travel safety and risks.
  • Promote personal responsibility and safe personal habits.
  • Teach proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Precautions

  • Provide hand sanitation stations and routine cleaning in buildings.
  • Focus on air quality through enhanced ventilation and the continued use of virus killing air filtration in Twomley Hall and the Cafeteria.  Deploy air purifiers in the dormitory lobbies and worship rooms.
  • Implement three feet distancing in classes where possible.
  • Limit off-campus sign-outs and conduct screenings following off-campus visits and home leaves.
  • Provide on-campus COVID-19 testing when indicated.
  • Require that students and staff stay home when sick.

Vaccinations

  • SVA does not require students to have a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Decisions regarding vaccinations should be carefully and prayerfully made by families.

Masks

  • Information issued by the Virginia Council for Private Education and the Virginia Department of Health July 21, 2021 indicate that:
    • “The current masking order by the State Health Commissioner will expire on July 25, 2021 and will not be replaced with any further order.”
    • “All decisions relating to the wearing of masks in schools will be entirely the decision of the school.”  SVA is carefully weighing this decision and will publish it soon.
  • Information from the VDH and CDC indicate that unvaccinated individuals should wear masks.

At-Risk Students

Individuals with a higher risk for COVID-19 complications will be addressed on case by case basis. A parent who is concerned about his/her higher risk child, should contact the School Nurse or Administration. We will actively work to accommodate requests or circumstances wherever possible.

Quarantine / Isolation

 

Let’s Have a Great Year!

The first day of classes will be August 16.  By God’s grace, Shenandoah Valley Academy will continue to be a blessing to young people, as it has for over 100 years.  Because we live with diseases and hazards, we cannot guarantee complete safety.  But as we all work together diligently and prayerfully, we can expect a successful 2021-2022 year, with growth, learning, fun, and health!